BCCI Ethics officer DK Jain on Friday questioned the roles of former players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as commentators in World Cup 2019. He also stated that Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman holding twin jobs of being Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors with IPL franchises amounts to conflict of interest and the two former players will have to make a choice.
Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and around 20 other former Indian cricketers have taken up TV duties at the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. Jain questioned former players who are commentating in the World Cup while holding positions in either the IPL or the Indian board. He also said that players who haven’t retired cannot take up the role of being experts on television.
“Yes, we will discuss the issue and come to a solution as it is too restrictive. We are working on it and will let you know soon,” a Committee of Administrators (CoA) member told IANS.
The likes of Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel have been commentating while they are still active players and were seen plying their trade for Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 12th edition of the IPL. While Laxman is a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ganguly holds the same position with the Delhi Daredevils franchise besides being the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Tendulkar, doing commentary in the ongoing ICC World Cup, is also associated with the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Tendulkar is a mentor for Mumbai Indians. All the three legendary cricketers had contested the allegation of conflict of interest and Laxman had even offered to step down from the CAC during his deposition.
“One person one post is the soul of Lodha committee recommendations. I have just tried to bring it out. In Sachin’s (Tendulkar), the conflict of interest did not arise as he had withdrawn from CAC. But it does in Ganguly and Laxman’s case and they need to decide how they would like to serve Indian cricket going forward,” Jain told PTI.
Jain, who was appointed by the Supreme Court in February, also touched on the subject of active players such as Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan doing commentary at the ongoing World Cup. He said going purely by the spirit of Lodha recommendations, this too could be considered conflict of interest.
“Based on this order there could be complaints against active players also. They can now apply their mind and be ready for that situation. I have not barred anybody (from commentating). I have only decided what Conflict of Interest means as per the BCCI constitution,” Jain said.
“It is for the players to think whether it applies to them or not. It is the first time I have examined the rules and have given my interpretation (in the order), I don’t know if it would be accepted by the Board. If someone wants to challenge it he can challenge it,” Jain signed off.